Saluki At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Hound); ANKC (Hounds); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Sighthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)
Medium to Large. Weight: 29–66 lbs Height: 23–28 inches
Smooth with soft and silky texture.
White, Cream, Fawn, Golden, Red, Grizzle and Tan, Tricolor (White, Black, Tan), Black and Tan, or Variations of these colors Origin: Iran [/box]
12 to 14 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
The Guinness Book of World Records considers the Saluki as the world's oldest dog breed.
The Saluki can trace its history back to ancient Egypt and may be one of the oldest types of domestic dog. However, the breed became more modernized in the Arab city of Saluq, where the breed gets its name. The breed is treasured in the Middle East for its speed and eyesight. Dogs are capable of running up to 40 miles per hour, helping them to hunt deer, fox, hare, and gazelle.
This dog breed features an appearance similar to that of the Greyhound, however with a more furred coat. They have long feathered ears and tails, giving them an almost horse-like appearance with a mane and tail when they run. Their lean body and narrow chest help them to achieve their speed. This dog breed can run as fast as 43 mph!
They are dignified and intelligent, and also independent. They are gentle and affectionate around humans, though they may not openly show it like some other breeds. They can be shy around strangers and young children who can be unpredictable, however, do well with other dogs, adults and older children.
12 to 14 years is the average lifespan of this dog breed, typical for a medium to large dog. They have a few health concerns including various cancers, eye problems, heart problems and thyroid problems. Many of these issues stem from their use as sighthounds, and their unique body shape.
The feathering on some Salukis requires careful brushing to help prevent matting. Smooth coated Salukis require only occasional brushing to help remove loose and dead hairs. The feathering can be trimmed, but should not be shaved.
This dog does best with gentle, patient and positive styles of training. They can be sensitive to harsh methods but will pick up easily on obedience training. Agility, hunting trials, and other dog sports are great training for them.
They need a chance to have a run or quick walk daily to keep in shape. Runs in a safe area are best as they tend to chase after anything that moves, ignoring their owners’ calls. On-lead walks, hunting or agility and other safe tasks will help keep the Saluki in shape.